CHED lauds 16 PH universities in the 2023 QS Asia University Rankings list  – Manila Bulletin

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) congratulated the 16 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines for making it to the list of best Asian universities. (Courtesy of CHED) “As HEIs continue to rise in global university rankings, CHED commits to prioritizing internationalization and setting milestones in nation-building,” CHED said. In the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings released early this week, 16 HEIs from the Philippines have been included in the QS Asia University Rankings. Based on the latest list, the University of the Philippines (UP) remained the…

Wallows announce ‘Tell Me That It’s Over’ Tour Asia 2023 Manila show – Manila Bulletin

WALLOWS announced the TELL ME THAT IT’S OVER TOUR Asia 2023 – Manila show will take place on Feb. 15, 2023 at the New Frontier Theater. Wallows kicked off the TELL ME THAT IT’S OVER TOUR in April 2022 with a sold out North American leg, followed by sold out shows in Australia & New Zealand this November. Before heading to Asia, the band will stop hit the road in the UK & Europe starting in January 2023. For their first trip to Asia, Wallows’ TELL ME THAT IT’S OVER…

India Has Significant Interest in a Strong East Asia

Amidst the geopolitical realignment in East Asia, India has focused closely on this region with particular interest. The region is critical for India’s economic growth, as 55 percent of its exports pass through the South China Sea and Malacca Strait. For this reason, it becomes vital that the region remains stable, with freely traversed sea lanes, open lines of communications, and the rule of international law. Apart from trade and commerce, Asia is also the home of a few liberal democratic states, such as South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. These like-minded…

Global opinion of China has nosedived under Xi Jinping’s rule, Pew survey shows — Radio Free Asia

China’s global image took a “precipitously more negative” turn after President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, with Beijing taking the blame for the COVID-19 pandemic while also facing criticism for its human rights record, military posture and economic policies, data from a Washington-based research group showed.     Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress in October, the Pew Research Center on Wednesday published a report drawing on 20 years of surveys from more than 60 countries. “The people are basically good, but leader Xi is too controlling and…

ASEAN tells the US it welcomes opportunities not interference — Radio Free Asia

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) says it welcomes the U.S.’s role as an important partner but Washington should respect the existing regional architecture. Bruneian Lim Jock Hoi, the bloc’s current secretary-general, said at a recent event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., that while the U.S.’s presence in the ASEAN region is important, it “should complement existing regional architecture that is open and inclusive.” Its most senior official took part in a special discussion about the U.S-ASEAN partnership, hosted by the CSIS…

Promoting long-term foodsecurity in Asia Pacific – Manila Bulletin

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors is currently underway at the ADB headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Founded in 1966 by 31 member-countries, the multilateral financial institution has grown to comprise 68 member-countries, of which 49 are within Asia and the Pacific. Last September 27, ADB announced plans to provide at least $14 billion over the next three years to ease a worsening regional food crisis and improve long-term food security by strengthening food systems against the impacts of biodiversity loss and…

Expert on Chinese expansionism — Radio Free Asia

UPDATED at 12:34 p.m. on 9-8-2022 Senior U.S. officials are traveling to India this week for talks among the so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad.” This grouping compromises Australia, India, Japan, and the United States and is widely viewed as a move by like-minded democracies to contend with an increasingly assertive China and its rising military power.  Mai Tran of RFA Vietnamese recently conducted an email interview with Satoru Nagao, an expert on U.S.-Japan-India security cooperation who is a non-resident fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.…

Vietnamese fisherman shot by unknown assailant — Radio Free Asia

A Vietnamese fisherman was seriously wounded in a shooting incident that highlights the precarious situation of fishing crews in the disputed South China Sea. Vo Minh Quan from Binh Chau, an old fishing village in central Quang Ngai province, told local Vietnamese media that his boat was attacked during the night of Sept. 9 by a group of armed foreign men who also robbed them of their equipment and fish. The boat was anchored about 40 nautical miles (74 kilometers) southeast of Pigeon Reef, a Vietnamese outpost in the Spratly…

Controlling Southeast Asia – China’s Cambodian Dream Is Nothing But A Debt Trap & Security Concerns For Asia

It is not news that China has been trying to establish control and authority over global politics. It has gone to lengths to develop and fulfill its hegemonic interests in Southeast Asia. China’s Cambodian dream is a new link to the chain, a process of setting outposts for controlling Southeast Asia. China’s upcoming naval base in Cambodia is an example of such an outpost. The key factors behind China’s choice of Cambodia are the political background of good relations with the non-democratic Hun Sen regime in Cambodia, the economic background…